BAM Construction employees in the North East region have presented a cheque for £3,501 to Yorkshire Cancer Research after conquering Yorkshire’s three highest peaks.
The team decided to take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge as part of the company’s year of fundraising for the charity.
A group of 29 employees took part in the 24-mile trek, which involves reaching the summits of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough – a total ascent of 5,200ft (1,585m) – in under 12 hours.
With matched funds, the total raised by the team will be more than £5,000. The money will help raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it, promote screening programmes and fund innovative research, from diagnosis to end-of-life care.
In 2015, BAM employees completed a 240 mile bike ride to the Royal BAM Group office in Bunnik, the Netherlands, raising more than £5,500 for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Matthew Garnett, the man behind the challenge for BAM, which is based at Thorpe Park, Leeds, said: “We’re normally known for scaling the toughest construction challenges across Yorkshire, so the Three Peaks is a fitting physical task for us. You don’t create new buildings without becoming involved with the communities around them. We’re proud of what we do for others, and what better incentive can there be for doing something this tough than to help the fight against cancer right here on our doorstep?”
Yorkshire Cancer Research is dedicated to improving cancer outcomes in Yorkshire by working in local communities to tackle specific problems.
Stephanie Jones, Corporate Partnerships Officer at the charity, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks and all those who supported them. It’s an incredibly tough challenge and we were amazed that some of the team completed the trek in eight hours. To raise so much money as well is an incredible achievement.
“Partnerships like the one we have with BAM are vital in helping us achieve our goal of improving cancer outcomes in Yorkshire. We’re delighted to be working with BAM employees during 2017.”
For more information about partnerships with Yorkshire Cancer Research, please visit www.ycr.org.uk/employer.
Notes to Editors
- Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
- We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
- Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
- Current statistics show that 565 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
- We aim to:
- Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
- Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
- Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
- Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient’s journey.
- Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.
- For further information, please visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
- Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer – Yorkshire Cancer Research
- Tel: 01423 877 228
- Last updated: 06/09/2017
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